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STEM Ed Announcement: Geoscience Teacher Training Workshop
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- Subject: STEM Ed Announcement: Geoscience Teacher Training Workshop
- From: "Mort Sternheim" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:55:57 -0400
This is a UMass Amherst program.
Contact information is below.
Geoscience Teacher Training Workshop
July 6-10, 2015:
Department of Geosciences
Video of 2013 teacher workshop:
Building Earth System Science into the Classroom with Lake Sediments
in your own backyard
Once again, we intend to provide week-long training for
teachers from to gain hands-on laboratory and field
experience and insights into the latest developments in
climate and environmental research. We plan to develop
and test with the teachers ready to go classroom modules
aimed at environmental systems at both local and global
scales. The lessons will also address core elements of
the MA Department of Education science standards.
Because lakes are common across parts of the US, we will focus our
teacher training on lake sediments with regard to environmental and
climate change they can document in their communities. Teachers will
learn how to use inexpensive hand-held coring equipment with their
classes and take the equipment home with them. Observing and measuring
proxies like pollen, diatoms, and sedimentology will increase student
appreciation for concepts of environmental time delays, causality at a
distance, cyclic causality and the recent geologic record.
ACTIVITIES Planned in collaboration with Tim Martin, Greensboro NC,
PolarTREC teacher in residence
Lectures on lakes and bogs and Earth system science
understanding environmental change. Instructors include Professors
Stephen Burns and Rob DeConto, along with Isla and Julie named above).
Sediment coring experience and core acquisition.
Core splitting, initial core descriptions, hands-on classroom
Development of simple analytical procedures for the class room
that include the use of spreadsheets and graphing procedures.
Development of teaching modules from these experiences
o E.g., Core descriptions, paleomagnetism, diatom studies,
biomarkers/molecular fossils, lakes/ocean circulation; physical
processes in lakes and oceans; concepts about how current and past
climate change informs us of the future.
Teacher prep materials including worksheets, PowerPoint presentations,
classroom exercises, and hands-on experiments using real materials and
data. These materials and how-to instructions will be made available
on the UMass Amherst Geosciences Department website and will be
contributed to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers On the
Cutting Edge classroom materials online collection and NESTA
(National Earth Science Teachers Association).
All teacher Participants each receive (thanks to National Science
Stipend of $75 per day
Self made Hand corer (worth $25)
Fiberglass measuring tape ($20)
Munsell Color chart book ($70)
Grain size charts ($14)
New ideas for teaching climate and environmental systems via lakes
Connections to UMass faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate
students, who are available for classroom visits or remote
interactions (e.g. Skype conversations with your class) during the
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE CREDITS
We offer this workshop as an optional 3-credit
professional development course through UMass Continuing &
Professional Education at cost, for those who are
interested. After participant selections are made,
instructions will be given how to enroll. The course will
be listed as GeoSci-696.
CLASS ROOM VISITS
As educators we are happy to make ourselves available this
coming school year for visits to your classrooms to
discuss the exercises and career options and opportunities
and the Earth and environmental sciences.
Contact Information: Department web site: www.geo.umass.edu
Send the following information to us by May 28th. You may simply
paste your response in an email to Julie and Isla (addresses above).
Because travel funds are limited, preference will be given to
teachers within 100 miles of Amherst. Workshop enrollment is
currently limited to 10 teachers.
GRADES AND CLASSES YOU TEACH:
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